Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Last Day of 2009

31st December 2009.

It is the last day of the year. I just got my bike tuned and now I'm -- literally -- waiting for and fearing the day school reopens. Why waiting? Because I want to cycle everyday on my mountain bike and see Liyana again and drag my feet to the bathroom every morning -- OK, maybe not quite -- and I want to see all of my friends again. That's a lot of 'and's... Phew. About fearing the school reopening, I fear it because it means the long yet short countdown -- does that make sense? -- to SPM has begun.

Recapping the year, it certainly has been eventful if not rickety. But then again, you're not living as a teenager if the roller-coaster ride that is life doesn't fly off the tracks every now and again. My birthday was certainly a momentous one. I got a new bike which was a big deal for me. My old bike was 6 years old and getting small. I was a bit sad when I knew I wasn't going to be using the old bike anymore because I've been through a lot with it. Literally. But I'm also happy that the old bike has a 'new' owner -- my little brother. He's not exactly a super-avid cyclist so it does the job.

Wow. Long post. Didn't expect it to be this long. A lot of changes -- good and bad -- this year and -- yet another 'and' -- I hope that next year -- which starts in less than 12 hours -- has much more in store. Preferably more good things. Hehe.

That's all for now.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Le Tour de BJ

To my readers, I apologise if any of you were under the impression there really was an event. It's just a title -- which happens to have something to do with my post today. I'm sorry but there was no long-distance, endurance cycling competition in BJ during the duration of the school holidays. Nothing official, at least. My apologies.

Anyway, back to the reason I'm posting this;

I woke up 'early' today -- 9:30 a.m. Haha. So much for early, eh? Anyway, after a shower and breakfast, I went cycling. I went all over BJ alone on my Polygon Collossus AX1.0. Hehehehe. Just me, my bike, a bottle of water & my music. It was a fun -- and tiring -- ride.

The Route:


Legends:

A/E - Home (I'm not going to put my address, duh)

B - School (SMK Bkt. Jelutong)

C - Lagenda (Jalan Teratak)

D - Jalan Adang

Checkpoints:

This one I think is a bit obvious but just in case I'll clarify it. The checkpoints are;

A-B, B-C, C-D and D-E.

Time(s):

Leg 1 (A-B); 00:11:55 (wow, all double numbers, what do you know? Hehe)

Leg 2 (B-C); 00:16:52 / +5 mins 37 sec

Leg 3 (C-D); 00:37:58 / +21mins 06 sec

Leg 4 (D-E); 00:49:33 / +12mins 15sec


Give or take the break times and the time it took to log down the data, I managed to clock in around 00:55:13 give or take for the entire course -- which I think is fair. Hehehe.

I was pretty beat when I got back -- not to mention very sweaty, hehe -- but I had a great time cycling. It was fun to just get around and cycle.

There was this one guy I saw twice. He was riding a road bike (a.k.a. racing bike) with a Ducati Corse frame. If you're reading this, I just wanted to say, "nice bike."

That's all for now. Au revoir

Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Boxing Day Post

It is 26th December 09 here in Malaysia, the day after Christmas, also known as Boxing Day. Typically, this is the day when people go to the stores to get the proper size for clothes they received as Christmas gifts -- if it didn't fit.

My family however, went to Signature GSC at the Gardens to watch James Cameron's Avatar! Better still, we watched it in 3D! Before entering the theater, we were given those square 3D glasses. It was cool. Even the advertisements about the upcoming movies were in 3D. It was awesome!


With the 3D glasses, everything seemed to come at you. When they were walking through the jungle, I felt like touching the leaves of the ferns as they 'passed by'. Some scenes make you recoil because it feels like the gun is really pointed at you and that the people are actually shooting at you. It was definitely a rush.

The movie was very good. Very deep. There is no, absolutely no, clear-cut good guy/bad guy. Everyone is caught up in trying to uphold their respective principles -- which by the way, change as time progresses due to multiple factors. The almost-3-hour movie went by so quickly. The movie itself was very pact and dense. But don't get excited. It is not so much of an action movie. It has a lot of conversations -- which I enjoy.

I was a bit sad when the movie ended. It was so good.

Rating; A solid 10/10. 5 stars out of 5 stars. The seamless special effects, breathtaking animation, the complex plot, character development and spectacular acting, all make for a simply stunning movie. Love it.

Aside from watching Avatar, my family found 16 baby koi in our pond! We're very excited. About 2-4 months ago, we found some fish fry but then they dissapeared. Now, apparently, they're bigger and there's 16 of them. We're very excited. Hehe.

By the way, this marks my 200th post! Woohoo! Blogger milestone, baby!
That's all for now. Au revoir.

P.S.
Watch Avatar. You won't regret it. And, if you can, go for 3D. An experience not to be missed.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Between Sun-bathing & Swimming

It is a lovely morning and a thought hit me when I was in the shower. I notice at the pool & the beach, there are two main types of people. The first is the kind who goes for the pool/sea and start swimming and splashing. Enjoying the water and waves. Then there's the kind of people who will pounce on the nearest sun lounge and well, just lounge.

I've tried to just lounge before, at the beach. But I get way too damn bored and I jump into the water. Hehehe. I love swimming too much. Though I prefer the swimming pool over the sea. Well, save for snorkelling. Hehehe.

What about everyone else? Swimming in the pool/sea or lounging by the beach/deck?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

An RM50 Million Blunder

No, I didn't make a mistake that cost me RM50 mil -- thank god for that -- but the RMAF apparently did. It was a routine maintenance for their fighter jets and obviously, as with every inspection, everything must be in perfect order or rectified where required. And during the course of this maintenance, they lost RM50 mil. Why? Because someone walked out with the jet engine. HAH?!

Amazing. Simply spectacular. A routine maintenance and they lost a freakin' engine. Wow. RM50 mil, poof. Geez. There was also that blunder some years back where a terrorist group pretty much paraded out with a whole truck-load of guns. What's next, missing napalms? Certainly hope not.

Worst of all, it was lost last year and it was hushed up. Fine, they didn't want to spread panic or something but a missing jet engine? How did that happen. And they're right to assume it is already lost on the black market. These kind of things are not stolen and then people hope for a buyer. Whoever stole it just earned themselves a lot of money.

Swimming & Balik Kampung

It's been sort of a while since I blogged. I have a lot I want to write but I on Thursday I forgot and on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, I didn't have a secure internet connection. Why? Because I went back to Taiping.

On Thursday, I forgot because I was exhausted. Hehe. That morning, my family and one of my cousins -- he slept over -- went to swimming in Putrajaya. No, not in the lake, but in a/the public swimming pool. I'm not sure how many there are. It was really empty so my family managed to do our laps in peace without people 'berendam' there. I mean, come on, it's a lap pool, not a jacuzzi. You're supposed to SWIM, not soak. Especially to those who REALLY need to lose those pounds.

There I go, straying off again.

So, back to the story, the pool being empty was a really great thing. But the best part was that it was Olympic sized! Woohoo! I know, there are probbably a lot of Olympic sized pools around but I hardly go to any of them and they are always full of people just floating and splashing around. Previously, my family always went to the one in Monterez but the pool is only 25m. Olympic is 50m.

Oh, one more thing about the pool; I did 10 laps back-to-back, non-stop in breast stroke -- a.k.a froggy. I don't like that term...

After that, we went to Alamanda for lunch and I had to wear my swimming shorts again -- good thing that material dries up pretty quick, hehe -- because I forgot to bring a change of pants. Well, not forgot, it just turned out that I had accidentally grabbed Akid's jeans which somehow ended up in my closet. Hmm.

We had lunch in Alamanda and Akid got a pair of finger-less gloves. Akid, Akid. What an Akid. I had to save my own money to buy mine and I had been planning on getting my gloves for a while. Akid just saw them and went "can I?" and )*POOF*( they're in his hands.

The next day, we went back to Taiping and I had a lot of fun. The evening before we left, Alang, Aiman, Akid, Abah & I went to play a bit of rugby -- I borrowed the ball from the coach, hehe -- by the field behind the library. Hehe. It was a lot of fun. It was the cousins & I who wanted to go play rugby but it was Abah who ended up the dirtiest. Hehehehe.

On the journey back, I slept pretty much the whole journey. We left at 7 and soon after, I dozed off. When I woke up, we had pulled over in Tapah for a toilet break and it was 8. After refuelling, I dozed off again and when I woke up, we were approaching KL -- I could already see the skyline -- and it was 9 o'clock. Yes, we made the journey from Taiping to KL in 2 hours. That's pretty standard for us. Well, when we always drive at 160 km/h, it's really no wonder.

We had breakfast at McDonald's Bangar and then did our grocery at TMC.

This is sort of a family tradition actually. Even since before I was small. We would leave Taiping very early -- 7 a.m. by the latest -- , have breakfast at McD then do the grocery at TMC before heading back home.

I wish I had snapped more photos but I didn't. Oh well.

That's all for now, au revoir.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

I'm Bored...

One of my cousins is over; Aiman. He is as old as Akid and the two of them are very close. It's too bad Alang can't stay over because then we cannot go back to Taiping on Friday. Let me elaborate on that. We are going back to Taiping this Friday & Aiman is coming with us. If one more cousin stayed with us, the car wouldn't fit. Well, it would, it just wouldn't be a comfortable 180km++, 2 hour journey to Taiping, Perak. Hehe.

But I'm bringing the rugby ball back to Taiping anyway so it's alright. Hehe.

I'm just really bored right now... What to do?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

2 Kenduris & 1 Cousin

Sounds like the title of a bad spoof but it isn't. Essentially, that's what today has been. A tiring day with 2 kenduris to attend, a brief grocery and a cousin tagging along.

It was really good seeing Liyana again. I've missed her so much. She looked gorgeous during Sofea's aunt Yasmin's wedding. Hehe

I'm afraid I hurt her a bit just now... I'm sorry you felt you were bothering. You weren't. I swear. I'm so sorry. I love you so much. I'm sorry if you felt that way. You weren't at all... There are no emotes or abbreviations that can fit how much I want to apologise to you right now...

Je t'aime sayang...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Life seems to be OK now. Actually, I feel sort of happy. Mama & Abah are not too upset over my results, alhamdulillah. I'm essentially done with my BM folio. Just have the 'Plot' section to wrap up. Should be simple. I think of it as a simplified synopsis -- which on its own its a simplified version of the story. 0_o. Haha.

And my cousins are coming this Saturday! Woohoo! Hehe. It's been a while since I met them. Since... August or so. Just before PMR, during Eid il Fitr. Yep. It'll be nice to see them again. This year's Eid il Fitr was a lot of fun because my cousins from Canada came back! Hehe. It was cool being able to hang out with them again.

Christmas is around the corner. I'm afraid Akid might be getting it to his head he can get away with ordering another game. Abah is not going to be pleased if he does. Then again, maybe he just likes to browse through Amazon.com like I like to browse through all the sites related to mountain biking.

That's all for now. Au revoir et bonne nuit

Monday, November 30, 2009

Sounds

Just thought I'd publish a post on sounds that I like. These sounds may or may not necessarily be relaxing. These are just sounds that I like.

  1. Waves breaking and crashing against the beach. Cliche, I know. But its so rhythmic and relaxing.
  2. Running water. No, not tap water. As in a stream or river. This one is not so rhythmic but still relaxing.
  3. Car's engine revving. Haha. Yes, I'm somewhat of a diesel-head. But I'm not into the shrill cry of F1 engines. Something deep. Muscle car sort of deep. Almost roaring if you rev it. That sounds like power to me.
  4. Keyboard being typed on. I know this sounds strange but I like it. To me, it sounds like inspiration being transferred and molded into a story.
  5. Camera shutters. The 'click' that goes off when you snap a picture. I like that. Especially when you've managed to get a really good angle and create a very interesting snapshot.
  6. Golf ball. When you take a nice, relaxed stance, swing that 7-iron and hits the ball with satisfying 'thup' and sends it sailing 100 metres before rolling another 3 metres. That's satisfying.
  7. Piano. The sound of someone playing the piano is very nice. Very relaxing. It can't also be very dark. Though organ is unbeatable when it comes to playing dark tones.
  8. Kenny G on saxophone. He is an amazing saxophone player. The tunes he plays are fantastic. They're so great to listen to.
  9. Guitar solo/opening. This is especially great from 80's rock and/or 80's heavy metal. Judas Priest, AC/DC, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Guns'N'Roses, etc.
  10. Applaud. Haha. I like to heard people applauding. Of course, its most fun when they're applauding me but it's also a great mood lifter, most of the time. Besides, what's more fun than hearing your team mates cheer when you've scored a try against the opponents?
  11. Liyana's voice. Even a simple 'hi' immediately makes me grin like a moron. I'm serious. When she says 'hi', I go on high, sort of. I can't stop grinning and smiling. The moment I see her smile or wave at me, my day seems to brighten up.
  12. A kick. No, not taekwando kick. When you release the rugby ball, it comes into contact with your swinging foot and it goes sailing perfectly with a 'thup', that's nice. Though I'm a horrible kicker and this doesn't sound good when you're getting tired, the people who catch it are kicking it back and forth and you have to chase the damn ball. Haha. Seriously, when that happens, its not fun.
  13. The sound of my bicycle tire against the tarmac. I don't know how to explain this one. I just like it. Maybe because I know I'm moving? Haha. I guess so.
That's about it, I think. 13 things. Hmm. Yep.

That's all for now. Au revoir.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Late-Night Runabout.

It's the eve before Eid il Adha and our washing area is flooded. A pipe connected to the washing machine completed broke off and the water was pouring all over the place. My mom came downstairs to find my maid practically soaked.

My mom was very upset because she didn't say anything despite the severity of the situation. My mom was going "if I didn't come down to check on the apple pie, things would be floating down here," and Abah tried to separate two components but the part that was originally part of the tap completely shattered when he put a plier around it. And it wasn't because my dad applied to much pressure, the metal was brittle. I could literally break it in two with my hands.

So, Abah & I went out to but the needed components. We rushed to Mydin and then to Giant because Mydin didn't have the tap head. That was tiring. Not to mention stressful. By the way, that is one of the few times you will see me outside wearing slippers -- besides to Friday prayers.

I have to wake up early tomorrow so I'm turning in now.

Bonsoir

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Rugby World Cup 2011

The next iRB World Cup is being held in New Zealand in 2011, the same year as the Olympics. Considering where it is being held, I really much rather go to New Zealand than England. If I could. Haha.

The first game kicks off in Eden Park, Auckland on September 7, just 10 days before my birthday. Woohoo! Hehe. On top of that; the first game is between New Zealand and Tonga! Both have their own war dances which would be really cool to watch! Hehe. If only I could go. Hehe.

And I've always wanted to visit New Zealand. Oh well.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Today's Wrap-Up

Today hasn't been the most pleasant day for me.

The morning started out innocent enough with me being able to chat with my girl. Then I had breakfast and a small post-breakfast snack of brownies and raspberries. Yummy! I'll post pictures as soon as I can. Though the raspberries left a funny after taste. Oh well.

After that, I turned my laptop back on and it lagged like hell the whole day. It was really frustrating. Seems to be OK now. I hope so.

My brother and I watched Kung Fu Panda today. Haha.

I feel like buying some novels from MPH to read over the holidays. Hmm. We'll see.

That's all for now. Au revoir.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Emotions


I used to wonder how people could live alone with only dozens of cats for company. I've discovered the reason why.

It's simple, really and almost profound. Cats don't betray you or hurt you. They may bite and scratch but physical injuries heal. The same cannot be said for emotional injuries. Such injuries leave behind deep scars that never totally heal. Scars that are ready to bleed all over again under the right -- or rather, wrong -- circumstance. The best thing about emotions however, is that it can be locked away just as easily as they can be hurt.

And with the right attitude, it need only undergo a certain trauma once to be mostly immune to it. Unlike the physical body which needs to go undergo the trauma multiple times before being able to endure it without significant damage.


And yet another miracle of emotional pain is that it can be cured as quickly as it can be inflicted. Amazing isn't it?

As we all know, humans can experience a vast degree of emotional fluctuations. What one may not realize is that which emotions we experience and when, is determined by our upbringing, further diversifying the context of human emotion. Simply spectacular.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

What To Do?

Its a lazy Saturday afternoon and I'm not sure what to do. I could play PS3. After all it IS the school holidays. I really don't want to study.

I feel like hitting the mall. The Gardens specifically. I want to just go through the serene environment, browse through the awesome -- though slightly more expensive -- things there. Somehow I want to go to the optical store there and browse through their Oakleys and also hit the outdoor store. Hehe. Don't ask me why. I just have that urge. Haha.

Hmm. Since I'm the area, I should drop my mountain bike off for tuning at Rodalink. I guess that's all for now.

Au revoir

Friday, November 20, 2009

Just An Update.

Today we played rugby in the rain. It was a lot of fun! I managed to score a lot of tries. I'm very happy about that.

Just wanted to post that. Hehe.

That's all for now. Au revoir

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Postcard from School

This isn't really a postcard. I'm just publishing this post from school's Pusat Akses -- the only computers that have internet access which are accessible to students.

Liyana seems a bit dissapointed. I'm not sure why. She wouldn't tell... I wish she would.

There isn't much to write about. Today certainly has been interesting. Ayie & Fit are making ribbon-lapels for our class party later this afternoon.

I hope it rains AFTER the party. And tomorrow. Then at least the field will be wet again for rugby. Muahaha!

Aizat & Nadzirah are sharing a computer because there aren't enough internet-accessible computers here. Deliera & Timmy have their own computers while Erin is showing Liyana some online bartending game of some sort. She seems to be having fun. I wonder why Liyana is a bit gloomy. I want to know what's bothering her but she woulnd't let me in...

-dissapointed sigh-

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A conversation between Marco Polo & Kublai Khan

Marco Polo describes a bridge, stone by stone.

"But which is the stone that supports the bridge?" Kublai Khan asks.
"The bridge is not supported by one stone or another," Marco Polo answers, "but by the line of the arch that they form."

Kublai Khan remains silent, reflecting.

Then he adds, "Why do you speak to me of the stones? It is only the arch that matters to me,"
Marco Polo answers, "Without stones there is no arch."


This is just a something I found over the internet. DO NOT quote. I am unsure whether this conversation was actually documented or not but I thought it was pretty cool.

Quotes

Just some of my favorite quotes.

"I did not tell half of what I saw, for I knew I would not be believed,"
-Marco Polo, 1324 (on his deathbed)

"There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory,"
-Sir Francis Drake, 1587

"Do just once what others say you can't do and you will never pay attention to their limitations again,"
-James Cook

"By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination,"
-Christopher Colombus

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Promised Pictures

What to write about? Hmm. I don't really have much to talk about but it's been so long since I blogged regularly I feel I must take advantage of this opportunity and write. Ahah! I haven't posted the pictures of the town my team & I -- The Frozen Ones -- built during the recent NIE NST Creative Writing Course.

I've already provided an explanation about our town on my previous post 'NIE NST Creative Writing Program'. So here are the promised pictures;


Beginning of construction -- Finally after a long discussion


Putting the final -- hurried -- touches


Voila! The finished product!

Quite honestly, this is the first time I've engaged in such a project. Be it individually or with a group and it was a lot of fun!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Things You Can Find At The Beach

The past 3 days, my family and I have been on vacation in Port Dickson. I know, school hasn't quite ended yet but my mom already booked an apartment there. The apartment itself is owned by the company my mom works for and they rent it out at a much cheaper rate to company employees.

We left for PD around noon on Saturday so I managed to recover from the intensive rugby practice the previous day. The journey there was a bit gloomy, being rainy and all. When we got there, we had lunch, unpacked, watched a bit of TV, had snack and by 6 p.m., the rain had stopped so we swung by the beach. We didn't go into the water. Yet. Hehe. I took pictures of some things you can find on the beach. A few interesting things.

That night, Abah, Akid & I watched a rugby game. France against South Africa. It was an awesome game! Hehe. South Africa played rough but Chabal was awesome! Hehe. Once they put him on in the second half, he was tackling like crazy. It was fun watching him. I was a bit dissapointed to see Habana playing rough. But he was fast.

We woke up early the next morning to catch an All Blacks game. It was so awesome watching them play. Unfortunately, we only watched till half-time because we wanted to go to the beach. I took even more pictures this time. We sat in the water and 'caught' some waves. Hehe. It was a lot of fun! After that, Abah & I jogged a bit along the beach. Phew! That was tiring.

Then we went up, had lunch and cooled off a bit. Abah took a nap. Around 5 or so, we went out and drove around, looking for somewhere to visit. We finally found the entrance to Tanjung Rachado but found out we had to hike up to the lighthouse itself. Bummer. Afterwards, we bought a few supplies at a nearby store and retreated to our rented apartment for the day.

That night, we watched 'Mahathir' on the History Channel. It was a really interesting documentary. My whole family was glued to the the screen. Anybody else watched it? I really liked it.

The next day we checked out and got a haircut at Subang Parade. Hehe. I'm not sporting any new hairdo. Well, not really. Sorry to dissapoint.

By the way, I've uploaded the pictures on Facebook.

That's pretty much the story for today. Au revoir.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Just Some Blabber

Just thought I'd blabber a bit. It's been a long time since I did a good, solid post. On a regular basis, at least. God it feels good to be able to blog freely again. This year has been one hell of a roller coaster. The new subjects are something new altogether. Chemistry and Add Math are my weak points. And history too. I used to be good at history but the recent topics aren't so interesting. And to make things worse, Form 4 topics WILL be asked in SPM. T-T.

Ah well, no pain no gain, eh? Away from the topic off school, I'm watching a show on Discovery Channel about Indian cuisine. It is kind of interesting. Making me hungry. Haha. I like pepper.

I had been waiting for this game since early this year. It was due out early-mid autumn this year called Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. The best thing, it came out the day after my birthday. Even though I didn't get it then. Hehe. I already have it by the way and it is awesome! It's even better than the first game. There are a lot of new treasures and a far more interesting and absorbing storyline. The game itself is somewhat like Tomb Raider only you take control of a male character. Unfortunately, the game only comes on the PS3 as far as I know, at least.

Hmm. I wonder how much all the mountain bike gear would cost? I mean, the helmet, goggles, padding and armor. Maybe I can drop the goggles. I already have my Oakley Flak Jacket; they're cycling glasses anyway. Hehe. But still, the goggles are really cool! Hehe.

I think that's all for now.

Au revoir

Sunday, November 8, 2009

NIE NST Creative Writing Program

This weekend Liyana & I attended a 'Creative Problem Solving' course which is part of a 5-month creative writing course sponsored by Sime Darby Properties Sdn. Bhd. QM should have joined but her mom didn't let her. It really is a shame.

In total, 43 kids attended. Our group consisted of representatives from SMKBJ -- Liyana & I -- and kids from Bandar Melawati -- I think it's Bandar. We called ourselves 'The Frozen Ones' because we were right under the A/C and it was FREEZING.

The first day, we didn't do that many 'group activities' so to speak. Today, we had to built our dream town that also solved these problems
  • Pollution
  • Flood/Drainage
  • Weather/Greenhouse effect
  • Traffic
  • Crime
  • Social Problems
One of the girls; Amal immediately said 'no cars'. So in our town, everyone cycles, skates or rides electric vehicles. The houses are powered by solar energy and the town's facilities are powered by a turbine in the man-made lake. As a result, there are zero carbon emissions from our town. This approach also tackled traffic and the problems weather/greenhouse effect issues as there is no traffic and there are zero carbon emissions. All energy is generated locally and cleanly. We didn't even built a dam because we didn't want to flood any wildlife and such. At least, I didn't.

For the drainage, we put everything underground like in Paris -- much to Amal's pleasure.

To deter crime, our town has its own police station. Furthermore, we built a lot of street lights high off the ground so that people cannot damage them and this keeps the street and surrounding areas well lit To prevent theft, no vehicles are allowed in the town so thieves will have a hard time getting away.

To curb social problems during the weekdays, the school is built on one side of town with houses surrounding it. Then, there is an open space between the police station and the town center -- which is on the other end of town -- so that in case any delinquents try to cross, they'll be caught. At night, curfew is enforced.

We wanted to build a small housing lot, a school, police/firefighter station, hospital and a town center. Just a few things. The town center was the hardest to build. Mainly because it was tricky to decide on the design. In the end, Amal & Liyana went random and modeled it after a bee hive. It was actually a really cool design. Congrats to Amal & Liyana! Great job! Everyone did a fantastic job! I want to apologize to all members of The Frozen Ones for nearly wrecking the road.

Thanks to everyone's hardwork, we managed to come in tied for second with another group; Duck & Cover at 14 points. Monatwa Monkeys came in first with 15 points.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

No More Exams! (Sort Of)

The exams are finally over! Woohoo!!! Well, mostly. Next Monday is just EST & Civic.

This is just some post I've been working on. I recently got a mountain bike for my birthday -- apparently its a downhill bike -- and it really spurred my budding interest in mountain bikes. So my goal is to try out a mountain bike course. The one is Sek. 13 looks really cool. I heard there's one in Putrajaya. Oh well.

I've looked up videos of downhill mtb and it looks AWESOME!! Dangerous but I think I'd enjoy it. I did some digging around the internet and apparently these people wear some serious armor. Those things are going to be expensive... Ah well, people can dream, can't they?

So, here is my post-exam goal/wishlist. Haha.
  1. Go mountain biking. Either downhill or just the regular trail, I'm fine either way but considering my lack of armor and the kind of falls downhill guys take, I'll stick to the trails.
  2. Get a helmet. A full face helmet. Kinda like the MotoX helmets. Look it up. They're cool. If I do get to achieve #1, I'll have an excuse. Muahaha.
  3. Get some armor. Or pads. Downhill racing stuff. Maybe FOX Racing. Pro-tec looks good too. This one however, is if I do manage to tryout some DH (downhill) courses.
  4. Goggles! This isn't important either as I already have a really cool pair of Oakley Flak Jacket cycling shades anyway. But they look cool! And they'll look even cooler with the full face helmet and the full face helmet will make the goggles look even cooler! Haha. I need to cut down on the sugar, huh?
  5. Upgrade forks -- forks are also referred to as front shocks. Go for the full blown DH forks. They look cool! But considering I'll be slicking around town, this isn't top priority and it's being pushed to the bottom of the wishlist. Sorry #4. Wait, why am I apologising? See? Exams fried my brain cells. Oh well. Now I can claim the 'disabled' status. Haha. Kidding.
Anyway, here are some pictures;








Today my mod math tuition class had a barbeque to celebrate both end of the exams and as a gathering as our class for the year has ended. It was FUN! We all took turns fanning the grill, putting the various food items on it, listening to music, joking around.

Everyone enjoyed themselves. Cleaning up was kind of fun too. I mean, it wasn't draggy and difficult so I guess that counts as fun. I liked grilling the various foods and after a while, the fire got really hard to control. We were fanning it like crazy to keep the flame down. Yati & I were like "soon we'll have biceps. Quick, change hands so that both arms will have biceps." We had a really good time.

Ooh! And the BluRay Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen & Ice Age 3: Dawn of the dinosaurs we ordered from Amazon are here! Haha.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Woohoo!

Yesterday, I had a debate. Sharanya, QM & I represented 4 Beta. We went up against 4 Epsilon who were represented by Heikal, Haziq Shaharel & Aizat. We had a blast! The topic was "P.P.S.M.I. should be abolished. Science & Math should be taught in the mother tongue". We were the government team.

QM was quite good and so was Sharanya. Heikal had excellent points but his delivery style needs working on which is a shame. He had the best points. Aizat was good. He just lacked statistics. Haziq's delivery style was cool. Very calm, and relaxed.

I'm not sure about the marks but 4 Beta won. And I was named 'Best Debater'. I expected it to go to Sharanya so it was a pleasant surprise. Lina came over while the adjudicators were convening and when Aizat said only debaters were allowed to the tables, Lina claimed to be our coach. Haha. That was a good cover. Afterwards Lina was like "Woohoo. Free cert!". Haha.

Liyana was the Madam Speaker for the debate & Yati was time keeper. My girl claimed she was shaky every time she stood up to speak but her voice hid it well enough and I never noticed her shaking. I think she did well. Love her so much.

Guess that's all. Just a short post for now.

Oh, before I forget. I also entered the public speaking competition and this Monday we shall find out who won. Heikal was pretty good himself.

Now I'm done. Hehe.

Au revoir

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Tale of Eyewear & Toy Guns

The thing about being on Cloud 9 is that a lot of things don't seem to affect you as they did anymore, don't you think? Well, at least for the time being until the effects wear off.

Anyway, just felt like writing that down even though its probably not going to have any correlation whatsoever with my post. Haha.

So, these past two weeks have been interesting, if not expensive. I told myself I wouldn't blog about these but then what the hell, it's my blog anyway.

So, first off, everyone in my family got a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Everyone. Including my brother. It started off during Haziq Shaharel's open house. That WAS two weeks ago, right? Anyway, it started then. My parents dropped me off and went to Giant to do the groceries. The day before we had a belated birthday celebration for my mom. We let her go wild in the Gardens. Hehe. Mama bought not too many items but all she had been eyeing for a while; flats, handbag, etc. She had also been wanting a pair of Oakley's for a while now but believe it or not, no Oakley distributor there.

So they went to Giant after dropping me off and did the groceries. Later on, when they picked me up, Akid was wearing a pair of Oakley 'Monster Dog' sunglasses. Mama didn't even get hers. What an Akid.

The next weekend, we went to SACC to do a quick grocery. Mama had yet to pray Zuhur so we went to the third floor while Mama went to the fourth. We went to the video store and met Mama on the way. So happens that the route to the video store would take us past the optometrist we collect our contact lenses from.

And whad'ya know, they carry Oakley. -- Gasps --.

Akid wasn't interested of course -- he already had his pair of Oakley. Abah & I said we'd catch up and took a quick look at the Oakley shades. A quick look turned to a few innocent trying on-s and Mama came back saying "Aha. So HERE'S where you guys are; trying on some Oakley's"

Mama said we could keep trying them on but refused to try on any. We all insisted and insisted and she finally gave in and tried on the pair of Oakley's she had been apparently been eyeing for a while now.

Mama had already made up her mind and knew which one she was getting. Abah decided shortly after. I took the longest time as not many of the models fit my facial structure and/or kept brushing my eyelashes.

I know some of you -- especially me female readers -- have thought "wow, a guy with long eyelashes," and I'm telling you, it can be quite tricky when choosing your eyewear. There I go, straying off topic again. Hehe.

Back to the topic, I finally settled on an Oakley Flak Jacket. My dad bought an Oakley Juliet while my mom bought an Oakley Liv.


my Oakley Flak Jacket

This weekend, after double tuition classes, we went to have lunch in Subang Parade. Nando's. Yummy. Hehe. Afterwards, Akid wanted to go to Toys'R'Us but Abah didn't want to so we sort of parted ways. Abah & I went to MPH while Akid & Mama went to Toys'R'Us upstairs.

I've always liked entering MPH. I like the browsing through rows and racks of books and books and reading all the amazing stories they tell. What a cliche, huh? During the school holidays, I can just sit down, read and often, finish a book in under 24 hours. Maybe I should camp in MPH, huh? That way, at least I'll always have something to read. Hehe. I keep straying off topic, don't I? Hehe. Back to Toys'R'Us.

While browsing, Akid called. He was looking at some Nerf toys and started asking a question with a lot of information to process. I told him I'd be up there and Abah reluctantly followed. Hehe.

Now, before I continue, many of you must be wondering; "What the hell is Nerf?!" -- OK, maybe not so dramatically, but yeah. Nerf is a brand of toys -- now owned by Hasbro -- that makes mostly toys for boys. Hey, that rhymes. Anyway, they make things like toy guns, toy swords, footballs -- American football, not soccer -- etc. Its a lot of fun and they use a lot of foam so it doesn't hurt.

So, my brother was looking at a Nerf gun -- Nerf N-Strike Recon CS-6 -- and my mom said to me "Choose one,". I was sort of taken off-guard. I ended up with a sniper rifle -- Nerf N-Strike Longshot CS-6. At home, Akid and I spent the whole afternoon shooting each other with the foam darts. Hehe. Akid is horrible at aiming. He keeps missing me -- though only be mere centimeters but he still keeps missing.

my Nerf N-Strike Longshot CS-6
(longest Nerf blaster on the market)

Wow. That has to be the longest post I've written in a while. Hehe. So sorry if you found it boring...

That's all for now,

Au revoir

Friday, October 9, 2009

I Need to Update More Often, Shouldn't I?

Its been so long since I blogged. I've been caught up with studying and doing the Bio presentation and so many other things. I know, lame excuse, I used to be able to find time, etc.

Its just I can't seem to pass my Chemistry & Add Math papers. I swore I did so much better for Add Math. Yeah sure, my marks went up from 10% to 35% or 38% but its not enough. I need to PASS. *Sigh*. This year is almost up and next year I have SPM. NOOO!

So next year it's back to seminars, books, minimal TV & no PlayStation 3. ToT, The horror! Haha. I'm overreacting. Anyway, before zooming too far into the future, how to kick back during the holidays? Hmm.


If only kicking back was as simple as portrayed by this cute kitten. Hehe.

The rugby team is organizing a 3 day 2 night stay at Langkawi on December 15th but I'm not going. My dad isn't exactly screaming 'yes' and my mom gave a flat 'no' so I'll stay home. Kind of a bummer but it's OK. I'll get to play PS3 and go cycle and stuff. But it'd be neat if I get to go hang out with my friends at malls. Only Mama & Abah aren't too keen on the idea. Hmm.

They kept saying; hang out with the guys more often and all but it's difficult to be 'part of the clique' so to speak if I keep turning down offers to go out & hang. That's what all the guys do. The girls too actually but I'm rarely invited -- being a guy and all -- so it doesn't show.

I'm not complaining but it just feels that way. Sorry if you think my ranting is long-winding and pointless. Maybe you just find it confusing. I know I kinda do. Hehe.

Hmm. Should I wrap up? Maybe I should. But first, here's a picture of a lil something something...


Just thought I'd inject a little bit of humor. Hehe. Picture courtesy of D (Dayana Mustak). Thanks D! I had a good laugh over it!

I miss my girl so much. Here I go, going mushy. Haha. But I do miss her so. But its only been 3 days and I have another 4 until I get to see her again... *Sigh*

P.S.
This bike -- Harley Davidson Dyna Wide Glide -- is awesome. Hehehe. I know, I said I'd never ride a bike but somehow, my opinion has been changing recently. But I don't imagine my parents warming up to the idea, however. Hehehe.

That's all for now.

Au revoir.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Bad Morning

This morning was NOT my morning. First it rained in the morning before I left for school. That would make the first leg (downhill) of my trip to school dangerous as the sidewalks would be slick. The sidewalk on the second leg (uphill) has better grip. Then near the end of the first leg, my tire slipped and I fell, sliding a short distance. Genius sidewalk-makers who used concrete instead of tiles. Thankfully my bike only took cosmetic damage.

Then on my second leg, it poured. Yahoo. So when I got to school, I was drenched. By recess I still wasn't completely dry. The gloomy weather didn't help. The rest of the day was OK. I enjoyed Mod Math. I really like a lot of the topics. Much to my girl's displeasure -- I know you weren't too happy with it. She also complained my bike was tall, needs a stand, etc. But I'm not changing anything about it. And its not 'just a bike'.

That's all for now. I might update again later but don't count on it.

Au revoir

Friday, September 25, 2009

Raya Wrap Up

It has been a while since I blogged. Where should I start? Ah yes, my raya. Hmm. How should I start? Haha. So many questions. I'd say the beginning is a mighty fine place to start, what say you?

First day of raya. We woke up bright and early and went to the mosque in BJ. There was an announcement to raise funds for the new mosque to be built near the lake by Lagenda. The artist's impressions were quite nice. Unfortunately, I would have left for college by the time it is to be completed. Fortunately, I won't have to cycle there every Friday. Hehehe.

After prayers, we went home, ate a little, packed my parents' rendang and some ketupat then we hit the road for Banting. Atuk seems more livelier now. Everyone was there -- a rare occasion in Banting since at least one family won't be there at the same time -- and though it was quiet, it wasn't awkward. Jokes were being cracked, laughter was heard and people were munching. Hehe.

It was nice and relaxing. After praying Asar, we headed to the graveyard to pay respects to my arwah Mak Long, Pak Long and Nenek. Afterwards, we left for home. My family and I haven't packed our bags for Taiping yet. Hehehe.

Next morning, we didn't leave as early as we hoped so we swung by Tapah R&R (north side) for lunch. We had Dunkin' Donuts but unfortunately the doughnuts weren't fresh despite the rapid turnover rate. I guessed it was due to the racks being place smack under the A/C vent. When we arrived in Taiping, everyone was just about to leave to Beruas. We hurriedly put our bags in and rearranged cars. My Opah and Tukwan took our Accord because my Opah can't climb steps anymore and everyone is either driving a pickup or an MPV of some sort.

We were visiting my relatives from my Opah's side -- an apparent first in the family history. Not even my Mak Jang -- my mom's younger sister -- knew them. It was quite a ride away and we took a good 20 minutes just finding the house.

We de-boarded the cars and greeted everyone. It was cool to see the other side of the family. There were only two people or so in the house and the lady there was my grand... aunt? Yeah, my grandaunt. She is my Opah's older sister. Was it older or elder? Oh well, something like that. Then we -- me and my cousins Bancik & Haziq -- rode in the back of our Pak Jang's Ford Ranger pickup. It wasn't too far to the next house so the adults let us. Hehe. It was fun!

The next house was my Opah's younger sister. We took quite a lot of pictures there but all with my Kak Yong's camera. Hehe. So the camera kept swapping between me, Kak Yong & her siblings; Haziq & Bancik. Though much less to the later two. After Maghrib, we climbed back into the vehicles -- with a slight reshuffling among the cousins -- and left. Haziq and I ended up the pickup again. But this time in the cab -- the adults wouldn't let us ride in the bed as it was quite a distance. Haziq & I chatted a lot about Canada, rugby, his school, mine, etc. Oh and he went through my phone and found a photo of my girl. Hehe. He knew right away that that was Liyana. Hehe.

We arrived in Matang around dinner time -- 8:30 or so -- and had a free meal as it was my relatives' warung. Hehehe. The food was good! Nasi dagang. Yum!

The next two days in Taiping were not eventful and we came back to KL on Wednesday. I took Thursday to cool off and unpack, laze around, etc. Today I did something really fun with my dad! But that will be in my next post for tomorrow. Hehe. Its late and I'm settling down -- sorta.

That's all for now.

Au revoir

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Salam Eid il Fitr

Many visit the graves of those who have past,
But this is no sad day,
As we have been told to celebrate.

On this day,
The day when we have completed the Fast,
We celebrate,
Our triumph over our many lusts.

It is the first day of Syawal,
It is Hari Raya Aidilfitri,
It is a happy day,
For children and teenagers and adults a like.

And during the coming week,
The children and teenagers will go to their friends' houses,
To visit; and more importantly,
Collect the duit raya.

And everyone will enjoy the food,
Be it in the city,
Or in the countryside,
I myself look forward to eating lemang.

Ah,
The assortment of foods available after a long month of fasting,
Alhamdullillah,
We have made it through the month of Ramadan.

An on this day,
Everyone asks for forgiveness,
For past wrongdoings,
And to let go of old grudges.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I'm 16!!

I'm officially 16! Woohoo! Hehehe. I know I should've posted this earlier but I didn't have the chance. Sorrysorrysorrysorry!

Anyway, it feels so good to finally be 16. Don't know why. Guess its just one of those milestone birthdays you can't help celebrating and enjoy. My parents got my birthday present yesterday but they had been planning it for a while now.

They contemplated between a new bicycle, a DSLR camera and a Hifi system. They decided to give me a new bike. I was so thrilled! I've been using my old bike since I was in standard 4. Its been 6 years. Hehehe.

Yesterday after school, my mom picked me up from school. My dad was already at home with Akid. We went to Pantai Hospital because Akid has his checkup appointment. While in the waiting lounge, Mama said she wanted to go to the Pasar Ramadan in Bangsar. While on the way, I dozed off in the car -- as always during bad traffic. I felt the car slow to a stop and Akid saying "Aqil's asleep" and I woke up.

We got out of the car and apparently it was quite a distance from the Pasar Ramadan. I wasn't complaining. I don't mind walking. Then we passed by Rodalink -- a bicylce store. Everytime we passed by Bangsar, I always looked at the store but we never went in it. Even my parents expressed interest in visiting it but we never got the chance. I must admit, it was a good looking store.

I was still a bit groggy but when my parents walked into the store, I felt myself perking up a bit. I was expecting them to ask me to pick a bike. To my surprise, my dad asked for a specific salesman -- Riduan, nice guy -- and he showed me a mountain bike. I was sold. Hook, line and sinker. It was a gorgeous bike. He asked me to take a spin on it and actually requested I climbed down the stairs in front of the store. It was AMAZING. Mama and Abah asked me to pick a helmet as it was part of the pre-arranged deal -- it seems they had gone to the store before to check it out -- and I bought an extra lock. My current lock is too short.

The model is a Polygon Collosus AX1.o -- yes, two L's. It isn't some expensive brand because Rodalink carries their own in-house frames -- Polygon -- but the quality is the same. They give each frame a 5 year warranty and 2 years free service. To top it off, their frames are super tough but made in Indonesia so they're very cost efficient, bringing the price of their bikes down significantly. But the frame is the only thing made in-house. Everything else is top of the range products. I'm very -- scratch that, extremely happy -- with my bike. Here's a picture;

My bike

Today, at school, everyone was wishing me 'Happy Birthday'. It was kind of fun. Hehe. My girl gave me a present. A leather bracelet. I've been looking at something like that for quite some time now. I just never found it. Hehehe. She got us matching bracelets. They vary in design but color-wise, they're identical. I love her so much. She's so thoughtful and caring. And she can very creative with gifts. Not to mention being able to guess very well what I like. Maybe she can read me as easily as I her. Either she doesn't realize it, or just doesn't want me to know... Hmm...

Anyways, thank you for the gift, Liyana! Love you so much.

The leather wristband

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

An Interesting Day In A Long Time

There are two very important events coming up. One is Hari Raya Eid il Fitr. I know everyone is getting hyped up for it. Is it just me or do I feel more hype among my friends this year? Oh well.

The second important upcoming event is my birthday!! Its in two days' time so boys and girls, I expect you to break the bank getting me all kinds of expensive presents! Muahahaha. Just kidding. A sincere 'Happy Birthday' is sufficient. And please smile. In case some of you were planning on saying it half-heartedly. There's only one teeny problem. I don't know what to ask for my birthday! Is this normal? I don't know but I seem pretty content with my life. I mean, sure there are a few things I would like but I'm afraid of breaking the bank. Hmm...

Anyway, this morning took an interesting turn while I was getting ready. I was still in my towel and about to put on my contacts when all the lights in my room went out. I went to my parents room to check on them. My dad almost jumped out of bed thinking he had overslept and we were running late. He calmed down a bit when I said there was a blackout. I grabbed the flashlight and put my contacts on before getting dressed. The whole time I was walking around in a towel and one my contacts on my finger. Hehehe.

Our automatic gate has a little glitch; we can't change it from automatic to manual so my brother had to hitch a ride with our next door neighbour and I cycled. It was tiring. I probably wouldn't be so tired if I wasn't fasting but these are all tests from the Almighty. Despite leaving the house later than I'd like to make it to school on time but miraculously enough, I made it before 7:30. Muahaha! Not bad considering I left at 7:20 and I live in Tropika II.

The day got more and more interesting as it progressed. During Mod Math, Pn. Zaini asked us to draw the net drawings of polygons, cut them out and assemble them. It was fun. During Bahasa, we had a parliamentary debate. The topic was 'Wajarkah P.P.S.M.I. Diteruskan?' My team agreed with the title. Though we lost, it was tons of fun! Fitriyanna -- who was on the opposing team -- actually fought with the Speaker! Just like in the real Malaysian parliament. Hahaha. Everyone was having a good time laughing, clapping and arguing. I really liked it. We should do it again.

I cycled back and Mama was home. So after getting ready, she dropped me off at tuition. None of us brought our laptops. I thought the teacher was kidding when he told us too. But apparently, the last chapter was most easily taught using a 3D software of some sort. We all watched a funny video of Hang Tuah failing his SPM examinations. It was really hilarious!

I came home and took a nap. I was really beat. Now here I am, wrapping up my latest post. It feels good to be able to write another long post. Oh, after this I'm going to KLIA to see my cousin off. She's going to Mother Russia to pursue a medical course. Good luck to her!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Syawal is just around the corner

Hello everyone. I'm so sorry I've neglecting this blog and its readers.

Anyway, Ramadan is almost over. It feels so short this year. Raya is coming up. But if things keep going the way they are, I won't be returning to Taiping this year for Raya. Then again, two of my cousins there are sitting for their PMR & SPM examinations, respectively.

Good luck to them!

Next week there is no rugby practice and no Add Math tuition. Speaking of Add Math, I still need to ask my teacher for my results. Hope I didn't do too bad.

My birthday is coming up. I haven't asked for anything -- nor am I expecting anything. All I hope for is that my Add Math results turn out OK. I've really been working hard at it.

Ms. Shereen -- our Add Math tuition teacher -- gave us all -- her class(es) -- duit raya! Haha. Thankyouthankyouthankyou! Hehe. Dah dapat 1st duit raya. Muahaha!

That's all for now.

Au revoir.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Two Pairs of Nice Shoes


Vespa Casual (Special)


Vespa Gran Lusso Leather

Two pairs of nice Adidas Originals shoes. Both are from their Vespa collection. Both are very nice and I am sure they cost A LOT. Maybe a pair of shoes for my birthday? No. I don't know. I don't know what to ask for my birthday. Maybe I shouldn't?

*Sigh*. Previously, I used to have lists and lists of what I wanted and from there I would cancel them one at a time until I knew what I was gonna ask for based on how much I wanted it, whether it was practical and whether it was reasonably priced.

I'm sorry for the dull and melancholic post here guys -- and girls. Its just that I'm afraid it isn't normal not to ask for something for your birthday. Or is that something only 10 year olds do? Hmm. THAT is something to contemplate.

By the way, congratulations to QM & Lina for coming out. Congrats girls!

Monday, September 7, 2009

I'm Back!!

My HP Mini is back up! Woohoo! We had a surge that blew my adapter. We've been going around looking for it but none of the stores we went to carried it so we got it from the HP Center in KL. Good thing it was still under warranty.

Alhamdulillah they had in stock at the time so I got a new one on the spot. The service center itself was quite nice. Afterwards, we went to drop something off at Taman Tun Dr Ismail -- I think. I remembered the clinic across the street where I once got my BCG shot.

It feels good to have my own laptop back. No more borrowing Akid's. But it was fun to use. Remind me to transfer whatever pictures I saved to my newly revived Mini.

School is starting tomorrow but I don't feel like going. *Sigh*. Oh well, what can I do? The most exhaustive/boring part of the school routine is waking up early. I think that's what bugs me the most.

Anyways, can't wait for my birthday!! 10 days to go...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Aftermath of the Power Surge

The power surge was fixed on Monday. I know, it was a long time ago. I'm so sorry for the late update. My laptop ran out of battery and the power surge -- unfortunately -- killed the AC adapter. But the fuse for the cable itself is intact. It is SO frustrating. But I've set up a temporary account on Akid's Sony VAIO. Muahaha! So we're sharing. Getting used to Vista's set up. Not bad. Nice graphics.

Besides that, the surge knocked out 3 of our Astro decoders, my filter pump and the cooking hood. Oh not to mention Akid's night light. Ah well.

I didn't go to school today. Wasn't feeling well. It was so good to see Liyana at tuition afterwards. I missed her dearly.

After tuition today, Abah, Akid & I went to the Pasar Ramadan at D'Pangkin for the heck of it. We bought two Murtabak(s), a box of Kuih Pelita -- Akid's favorite -- from Sofea's stall and some thing else for Mama and Abah. Also from Sofea's stall. Hehe.

It is 18:24 and in an hour or so, we will buka for the 11th day of Ramadan.

There is something Abah said but that is a story for another time, I promise. Perhaps my next post... Yes, I think I will.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Blackout

My house just had a power surge and now I am in total darkness. Yahoo. Remind me again why I can't just kill the electrician who did the house? Oh yeah, its illegal. Ah well, too bad.

Anyway, the house is pitch dark and its getting really warm in here. God knows how am I supposed to get a good night's sleep. To make matters worse, tomorrow is a public holiday so no one will be around to help. God. My fam will probably go hang out at a mall or something. Though I seriously, seriously doubt it.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Classic Picture


I found this old picture while browsing through the internet. Maybe its just the car afficionado in me because it is nothing special really but it just struck me.

It is three Ford GT40s crossing the line during the 1996 Le Mans race.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Back From Tukwan's

When Ramadan came, I was excited to go back to Taiping because normally during Ramadan, at around 6 or so, my cuz and I play a bit of soccer. I always lose but hey, its fun. Not losing, having fun with my cousin is fun.

Anyway, I thought we would be going back at the end of Ramadan. I was wrong. We went back to Taiping on the FIRST day of Ramadan. Hehehe. After my Add Math tuition that Saturday morning, I went back, packed up and after helping my mom a bit with the baking of two Crumbly Apple Pies -- my mom's Apple Pies are so YUMMY (Homer's day-dreaming tone).... my mouth is watering at the thought of it -- we hit the road. But first, we visited my cousins who just got back from Canada. It was good to see them again. They renovated their house quite a bit. It is very nice now. The boys are die-hard Man Utd fans and they decided to repaint their room in the same color & pattern as M.U.'s latest jersey. Yep, that die-hard. We left and hit the highway to arrive at my Tukwan's house around 7 or so. We broke fast at Maghrib and I enjoyed the food -- mom's spaghetti & apple pies along with the delicious food I always get at Taiping. *waterfall cascading out of mouth*.

The next day we went to Pasar Ahad to buy some supplies but there wasn't any santan so we went somewhere in town where there was this really old wet market. The whole build was OLD. The architecture was really neat. I couldn't resist taking some pictures. It's not often I step into a wet market that old. Well, I hardly step into a wet market at all but you get the point.

I really want to keep going but my brother is nagging at me to play PS3 with him so that's all for now.

Au revoir.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

FREEDOOM!!

I'm sorry everyone! I've been neglecting my blog. As many of you know -- and experienced -- we had our exams recently. It was OK. Phyiscs and Add Math felt easier. I'm afraid I messed up my Chemistry. NOOO! I used to be good at Chemistry...

Hopefully, I'll pass, at least.

Now I am free! Muahaha. I'm not going to school today. Not that I don't want to -- I really want to -- but my parents aren't letting me go on two reasons;
  1. Exams are over and they don't expect any learning to take place
  2. Fridays are the busiest days of my week.
It's kinda a bummer but at least I'll still get to see Liyana on Saturday during Add Math tuition. Hehehe.

Anyway, I was reading QM's blog and her latest post is about phobias. So I clicked the link on her blog and took a look at my fears. I know I have them but I am not paranoid by them or anything. They're more like annoyances than anything else really. Except buzzing/flying bugs. I always involuntarily jump away from them. I don't know why. Its so annoying!

So here are my fears;
  1. Angrophobia - Fear of anger or becoming angry.
  2. Altophobia - Fear of heights.
  3. Entomophobia/Insectophobia - (you've guessed it) Fear of insects.
The first one; fear of anger or becoming angry. Well, let's just say that I'm not fond of violence and whenever I do get really angry, there haven't been any nice outcomes. To top it off, I don't really remember what happened when I was seriously pissed. I'm not kidding. It happened more than once.

I'm not really afraid of heights. I can deal with it no problem. It's just a little bit creepy. I've abseiled (rapelled), canopy walk, etc. before.

Anyway, the exams are over and I'm skipping school today so my sem break has begun! Woohoo!

So I'm going to go do something that doesn't involve studying now. I'm not going to sit in front of my blog all day worrying about my rather neglected blog & readers. Haha. Just kidding. But seriously though, I'm going to go do something else now.

Au revoir.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Most Common Emotion Felt by This Teenager

Worry. There are so many things to worry about. Exams, H1N1, relationships, etc. Which reminds me, my Exams are near, my Add Math is weak. I haven't started studying yet. I'm afraid I'm going to fail Physics and Add Math -- again. I don't want to fail Physics and Add Math

And to make everything a whole lot worse; Liyana is very, very sick. I hope she gets well soon. She's under a self-imposed quarantine.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Weighing One with Another

I changed places in class today. I want to give it a shot. My results have been horrible and I really REALLY want to turn them around. Naturally, Liyana isn't too pleased about it. Neither am I but I need to do this to try and turn my grades around. Unfortunately however, Syarul's books are still in the desk and I really am too lazy to move it.

I found I can focus better in my new place but unfortunately, its also lonelier. Liyana used to be right behind me so whenever I was bored or the teacher finally stop yapping, I could just turn around and just immerse myself in this safe sanctuary where I can escape the worries and pains of reality, be it even for the shortest while.

Hmm. Should I go back to my place in front of Liyana or stay at Syarul's old place beside Ayie? I don't know. I'm torn between my concern for the future and my care for the present.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Shopping for Gifts

Yesterday, my family & I went to KLCC because my mom wanted to buy some gifts for a friend who was going back to the US or something. But apparently he's a really great guy and everyone likes him because my mom managed to collect 2 Grand ++. Is that a lot or what? So we arrived around noon and had lunch at Burger King. I had their new Double Stacker and Akid had their Triple Stacker. Hmph. He's the one who needs to be watching his waist line. Anyway, afterwards, we went to Swatch and my parents browsed through the watches and came across this very, very nice Irony chronograph. Everyone agreed on it and we put it aside, saying we'd come back.

Before we left, my mom asked me which watch do I like -- because my current watch is falling apart and hinting for a new one for quite a while. Hehe. I had recently came across this neat watch from the online Fall-Winter catalogue and picked it. It looked neat but I wanted to compare it with another watch I had been eyeing. This one is from the Spring-Summer catalogue. In the end, I went for the 1st watch. Which is this one;

We asked the sales assistant to hold it for us -- a new shopping habit we've picked up. Then we went to Mont Blanc because my mom wanted to buy a pen-mechanical pencil set -- if they had a good deal, she said. We browsed a bit and while my mom went through a selection, I browsed around a bit. It's a good thing I don't have any heart problems because one of the pens cost Rm101,000. It's outrageous! Pens are used to document things. But now there's something called computers. For 100g, you can get a good car AND a really expensive laptop and still have lots of change. In the end, my mom only got one mechanical pencil. Though, being Mont Blanc, it rang in at about 1g, I'd say.

For the third gift, my mom wanted to buy him a wallet so we went to Braun Buffel. I helped pick out which one to get and my mom asked for it to be wrapped. I like the service at Braun Buffel because while waiting for the people at the store to wrap it, they gave us a bottle of water each.

After purchasing two of the three gifts, we headed back to Swatch. On the way, we stopped by Watson's for a few things and apparently, there were Playboy fragrances for sale. Didn't know they make fragrances. Haha. It was interesting to see -- no, no nude pictures. Then we went to Swatch and bought the gift watch and mine. But not before my mom asked which watch my brother liked -- he had been looking at some watches while I was trying mine.

My dad was going "uh oh, Mama. He's looking at those watches. Uh oh, he's thinking," before we left for Mont Blanc earlier. And you guessed, he got it. But I'm not really complaining, his old watch -- like mine -- is kinda bad. At least its not as expensive as his last watch.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Blogger Milestone!

This post marks my 150th post! Woohoo! 150 posts published on everything in my life. I think the latest name, Eclectique, fits.

I started this post to express my feelings at the time -- specifically about a Brazilian martial art called capoeira, hence the URL. But from there, it has expanded to cover my latest interests, important events and my ideas, covering much much more than simply capoeira.

Woohoo! 150 posts!

Au revoir

Monday, July 20, 2009

Bucket List

Just wanted to update my 'Bucket List'.
1. Go back to the US. Preferrably Massachusettes. Especially during autumn

2. Go to a nice college in the US. Hopefully nothing too intimidating.
3. Be able to slow dance on a beach at sunset or under the stars with her.

4. Catch an All Blacks vs. Wallabies game.


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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Abah!

Today, we went to celebrate my dad's birthday. When I woke up, both my parents were downstairs so I sneaked down and wished my dad a happy birthday. Then I went back up decided what to wear. Somehow most of the clothes that we wore needed to be ironed so my mom ironed her clothes, my brother's and mine while my dad ironed his. He insisted.

All of us dressed casual-smart. We hit the road about 11:30 or so. On the way it was a nice drive. Light-hearted with laughter and chatter. We entered Putrajaya and after a slight detour -- due to a wrong turn -- we passed by the Putrajaya International Convention Center (PICC) and it is an impressive building. Abah says it is like a hotel on the inside. There were so many flags outside. All the states' flags along with dozens and dozens of Malaysia's flag; the Jalur Gemilang.

When we saw Pullman Hotel from the distance as we approached, we could see the architecture was marvelous. When we pulled into the parking lot and surfaced, we were blown away. It wasn't a hotel, it was a palace! The place is huge. Its like a city, not a hotel. There are three blocks or wings. Each wing is the size of another small hotel. And they have three blocks. The design was very South East Asian. Very strong Siamese influence. I liked it very much. Not to 'kerawang' but still rustic.

The name of the restaurant my mom booked is B's. It is an all-day dining restaurant. Awesome place. Very nice ambience, very nice furnishings and interior design work.

The food was topnotch. The salad was absolutely yummy. Fresh, crisp and plenty of choice. The mushroom soup was very creamy and mouth watering. The ciabatta bread I took complemented it very nicely and vice versa. Afterwards, I had some grilled lamb which absolutely delicious and an exquisitely done fettucine bolognaise. The fettucine was an exotic twist of eastern and western style. With subtle eastern herbs cooked in a distinctly western style. Amazing. While relaxing a bit before hitting the buffet tables again -- hehe -- the head chef (who had cooked my fettucine by the way) came with pretty much the entire kitchen singing happy birthday and carrying a nice little cake. After some sampling we took some photos. A very nice lady helped us so that I could be in the picture too. Thank you, by the way, whoever you are. Then I had some kuey teow sup. It wasn't bad but the beef was chewy unfortunately and I still like Taiping's keuy teow sup better. Hehe. For desert; two helpings of mint choc ice cream. It was very very yummy.

After we paid, we went around to snap some pictures. Pullman Hotel is more like a city than a hotel. It is huge. They have skybridges linking the different wings. I want to be able to go there some day. It is an extremely nice hotel. If only we had the money. The waterfront is very nice and very spacious. I like it. The watersports area looks like a lot of fun too. After quite a lot of pictures we went to pray Zuhur at the basement surau.

The surau was very nice. Very cool. The day was very hot by the way and it was a relief to get into the air-conditioned surau. After praying, we sat around a bit more before heading to the car and leaving. The bellboy was very nice. He was waiting for the elevator too but gave it to us instead. Another thing about Pullman Hotel; awesome service and very friendly staff.

Mama wanted to check out Abah's new office so we did. I fell asleep on the way. Hehe. We couldn't go up because the office is still under renovation, etc. The surrounding area is very nice. Very peaceful. Very relaxing. There is a hill nearby where lots of land are sold exclusively to different countries for them to build their embassies. It was interesting seeing which nations had already bought lots there. Iraq's Embassy was already well underway and we joked that we won't be seeing the US Embassy set up shop next door. Hehe. Mama heard there was an international school nearby so we drove by to see.

Then we went to Alamanda because I needed a new pair of socks for rugby. Akid was cranky and kept saying things like, "there's no reason to be here,", "no, don't shop,", up to a point when Mama was upset because Akid kept hassling and being unreasonable when she was browsing. Soon after though, everything was OK. I got a new correction tape and Akid got a new pair of pajamas. Oh, Abah, Akid & I ordered our baju melayu's for this year.

On the way back I dozed off. Then I took a bath, started writing at 7, had dinner and finally at 11, I am wrapping up this post.

Au revoir & thank you for reading.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Pizza & Friends

I'm back from Weii Syuen's get-together. Firstly, thanks a lot Weii Syuen, I had a lot of fun! I'm pretty sure we all did. I took a lot of candid pictures. Muahaha! And some wacky ones too, of course.

Anyway, before I went to SF Pizza, Michael ran into me in front of my tuition center. I was chatting a bit with Liyana and whether she should go to the gathering. I told her to make her own choice based on her own judgement.

She cycled home to discuss with her mom so Michael & I headed to SF Pizza first. We didn't see anyone we know so we swung by into a gift shop that apparently opened up quite recently.`

While we were about to leave, Tze Yie stepped in because she saw us. Haha. So the three of us headed to San Francisco and apparently, Sher Lin was already there so we greeted her. After a brief discussion over whether to sit inside or outside, we opted to sit outside where we could put more tables together in case we needed to.

We were enjoying ourselves, making stupid jokes when Weii Syuen arrived. She was carrying her DSLR camera and I remembered I left my camera at home. So I excused myself and sped home. To my pleasant surprise, Abah was already home so after praying, I grabbed the camera and Abah dropped me off. Thank you Abah.

When I got back, no one else had arrived and Weii Syuen's, Michael's, Tze Yie's and Sher Lin's respective drinks arrived. I --rather hurriedly-- ordered an Orange Punch. Which wasn't that great by the way. We ordered one Hawaiian pizza and one Quattro Sagione -- both large.

Shortly after that, Jerica swung by and decided to sit with us. Liyana decided to join us, completing the entourage.

While waiting for the pizzas -- they took half an hour by the way -- we chatted and laughed and mostly listened to Weii Syuen and Jerica gossiping away. Everyone cracked their share of jokes, told their stories and laughed their respective butts off. Haha. Everyone attacked the pizza really fast and I got some neat pics of Weii Syuen 'officiating' the second pizza. After the pizza was finished, I ordered a plate of Carbonara. Muahaha. It wasn't the best I had but it was OK.

Liyana took a -- sizable -- bite, so did Michael -- who took a lot less, and Weii Syuen who scraped up whatever remnants of sauce was left.

After a lot more chatting and flashes from cameras and joking and laughing, we asked one of the waitresses to snap group photos of us. Thank you, whoever you are.

Then everyone either headed back home or to tuition. I walked Liyana to her mom's car and then walked back to SF Pizza. Hehe.

I will upload the pictures to Facebook as soon as I can. I'm having some troubles with it. So sorry everyone!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

SMKBJ ExploRace/EcoCycle

I just completed SMKBJ's first Ecocyle or ExploRace as everyone calls it. It was a lot of fun. Wil Sern, Tze Yie, Shuet Yee & Sen Yong were a lot of fun. They were all great sports.

Tze Yie can hula hoop for 30 seconds! And that was her first time trying! She's good. Wil Sern was our guide as most of the track was in the Kubah-Serambi area. Shuet Yee & her brother were awesome. Especially during the second challenge where we had to tie our legs together and hop. Shuet Yee was very good during the third challenge; picking out what leaf belonged to which plant.

I blew my back tire. Hehe. But its fixed now. Went straight to the store in TTDI Jaya after the event. Faris's team came in first apparently.

I had a great time. Besides the blown tire. Time went by so fast. We should do it again.

Oh and Afif's team gave me their 100 Plus. Haha.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Have You Heard?

Lamenting Malaysia's recent switch from teaching Science & Math subjects to Bahasa, I must say, this has to be the worst decision in a very long history of bad decisions. A round of applause everybody. Yahoo for our wise leaders.

They did a similar thing when I was in standard 6. Halfway through the year, a mere months before UPSR -- our first major exam -- they swapped to English. Bravo. Smooth move, doing it halfway through the year.

But our leaders' latest move is by far, the worst. Their biggest concern was that the margin between the rural-area students and urban students was widening. Another concern was the lack of teachers who could converse fluently in English. On the contrary, there are a lot of teachers who have perfect grammar. Never mind the accent, the grammar is what counts. And I believe rural students just need the right support. They don't need teachers who call them stupid and discourage them from learning.

A sad, sad trait of Malaysians. Our method of 'teaching' involves humiliating the student and crippling their self-esteem. Is this how we build our nation's future leaders? If so, then I want out of this country. We cannot even queue up properly for crying out loud.

And the rural students are at an even bigger loss. Though they might have been struggling the past few years, however the change back to Bahasa will just confuse them as the terms and all will be all jumbled up. Not to mention the confusion among the teachers.

Which brings me to the second concern; lack of teachers fluent in English. That is slightly trickier to solve. It can be done. However, it will be time consuming. The teachers need to be put through rigorous English courses. Minimal unless its a proper meal time.

Alas, another Malaysian trait; we love to have 'breaks' up to a point they are literally too frequent. I agree a break every now and again is good. But unfortunately, the breaks are too long. We must stop the 'cakap berkias-kias' and just cut to the chase. It is so difficult sometimes.

Finally, what on this god-forsaken planet is the logic behind changing to Bahasa? Every college on the planet teaches Science & Math subjects in English. Changing the language to Bahasa will just cause a major problem for every Malaysian high school grad later on. All the scientific and mathematical terms will be very difficult to learn later on. Our future students will be in serious trouble.

Since they plan to begin changes in 2012, I will not be affected since I would have graduated but my little brother is still in elementary school (primary school). Quite literally everyone I asked has a negative opinion on the government's move to change the language back to Bahasa.

I can only pray-hope the government knows what they're doing. However, the likes of that looks extremely bleak.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Most Wicked Crash Ever

I was on my way to my Mod Math tuition and I was running late. It started raining and I that made me pick up my pace even more. Right outside the Tropika 2 entrance, my bike skidded across the slick concrete sidewalk and I toppled over, rolling. I got back up and went to tuition and had a great time joking and learning.

I am now typing this with a plaster over my right palm, scratches on my left palm, graze on my knee and a knee support pad because it feels funny. Oh and I ripped my Jeep jeans. T-T. I liked those very much.

Damage to bike*:
-twisted handlebars (fixed)
-brake handles at a funny angle (fixed)
-gear shift at a funny angle (fixed)
-allow brake handles scratched up (first in so many crashes)
-slightly disaligned front & rear tires (hmm...)
*paint job is obviously scratched

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Shopping and Movies

Sorry about not updating my blog lately enough boys & girls. Haven't been in the mood lately. Poor excuse, I know.

Anyway, back to the post.

Today I went to the Gardens with my family to watch Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen at GSC Signature. Awesome theater. Awesome cars. The cars this time around are quite interesting. Most of the cast has been brought back with the exception of a couple but more robots have been thrown into the mix.

Autobot Sideswipe's vehicle form is drop dead sexy. Corvette Stingray concept. Then again, I have a soft spot for Corvttes. Haha. There aren't as many scenes that show off the vehicles as the first Transformers but the plot is very fast paced and my whole family was a little stunned and dissapointed when the movie ended. I would absolutely love to keep reviewing about the plot but I do not want to reveal any spoilers for any of my readers who have yet to catch the movie. Muahaha.

Anyway, here is Sideswipe's car form;


After the movie, we had lunch at Chili's. I had the Monterey Chicken. YUMMY! I definitely recommend it. It deserves to be stamped as a 'Chili Head Favorite'

We browsed in Robinson's a bit and I got two shirts. Hehe. While my dad and I were browsing through some shirts, Akid was sulking in a corner, wanting to swing by the LEGO store. So we did. After purchasing some shirts. Muahahaha! Some interesting things there. Those LEGO Technic sets look really awesome with working suspension and steering. Hmm...

My dad reminded me I needed a proper pair of rugby boots so we went to the Adidas store across to see if they had any rugby boots. I ended up with a pair of F50i TUNiT soccer boots. But don't go "Soccer? You need RUGBY boots!" just yet. The studs are suited for rugby and I can customize the length and how many studs I want on the boots. So they are perfect. You can drop your jaw at the price tag though; RM791

So now, I finally have a proper pair of rugby boots. Hehe

Here is a picture;